American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An Indian chief, especially in the Spanish West Indies and other parts of Latin America during colonial and postcolonial times.
- n. A local political boss in Spain or Latin America.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The title of native princes or head chiefs of Hayti, Cuba, Peru, Mexico, and other regions of America, who were found reigning there when these countries were discovered by the Spaniards. Also applied to the chiefs of independent tribes of Indians in modern times.
- n. In the Fundamental Constitutions of Carolina, 1669, a dignitary of the next rank to the landgraves. There were to be two in each county.
- n. A bird of the genus Cacicus (which see).
- n. Also written cassique, cazique, cazic.
- n. Originally a tribal chief in the Spanish West Indies.
- n. A local political leader in Latin America.
- n. Any of a number of tropical blackbirds from Central America and South America, family Icteridae.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. See Cazique.
- n. black-and-red or black-and-yellow orioles of the American tropics
- From Taino cacike or Arawak kassequa, both meaning "chieftain" (Wiktionary)
- American Spanish, from Arawak kassequa, chieftain. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But the cacique was a man of business, and held out stanchly.”
“The cacique was a sagacious heathen of considerable experience, but he had never seen a man like this one.”
“To the general's query, whether the cacique was the subject of Montezuma, he replied, "And what other sovereign could I serve?”
“The natives thenceforward called the cacique Juan de Esquibel, and the Spanish commander Cotabanama.”
“Though thus scattered, they are not wholly independent, each tribe being subject to a chief, called a cacique, whose dwelling is conveniently situated among them, for the more speedy summoning them together on affairs of importance.”
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“Anthropologists and archeologists who oppose the project accuse INAH director Alfonso Maria y Campo of colluding with Pena Nieto and his state tourism director Alfredo del Mazo Maza, the cousin of a powerful PRI "cacique" or political boss, to promote the governor's presidential ambitions.”
“Manuel Sanchez Vite was dispatched after 30 years in power in 1959 when he ran afoul of President Adolfo Lopez Mateos and was replaced by his rival Carlos Junguitud. 30 years later, in 1989, Junguitud had a falling out with another president, Carlos Salinas, who installed Elba Esther as "cacique" (political boss) of the SNTE.”
“One of the leaders is the son of a Chamula cacique.”
“The Spanish force moved south along the Campeche coastline and - ten days later, the Spaniards landed again near Champotón, where a cacique named Moch-Cuouh ruled.”
“She introduced herself to the local cacique, or chieftain, who had a schoolteacher announce her presence.”
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